I am a cultural historian of science and media as well as an initiator of cultural programs focused on exchanges between artists and scientists. My research and cultural programs explore how scientific concepts develop and circulate between different disciplinary domains and social spaces.

My interest is in studying the (popular) mediation of science, imagined scientific futures and art-science experimentation. Specifically, my scholarly expertise is in the history of the mind and brain sciences and the way neuroscientific facts are produced and circulated. Since August 2020, I am a post-doc researcher at the STS-department of Maastricht University, to investigate the history of Artificial Intelligence in Clinical Decision making (part of an NWO-project titled “RAIDIO” 2020-2024). I am also a core tutor for the MA F for Fact, at the Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, a program in which 14 artists work on the borderline between fact and fiction. Starting December 2020, I am also a UM-researcher for the Brightlands Institute for Smart Society (BISS) that focuses on ‘Responsible and effective data-driven decision-making for the digital society’.

In 2019, I was an affiliated researcher at the Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung, TU Berlin, working among other things on a special issue in Frontiers about sex/gender neuroscience. At the University of Amsterdam (starting in 2012), I co-initiated the interdisciplinary “Neurocultures” research group for research at the crossroads of the humanities, social sciences and neurosciences. In 2020 I defended my PhD-dissertation at the University of Amsterdam, titled “Brainmedia: One Hundred Years of Performing Live Brains, 1920-2020,” which examines past and present ways in which scientists, science educators, and artists use new media to conceptualize, examine and demonstrate the “brain at work.”  Previously, I was a visiting fellow at the Visual and Environmental Studies department of Harvard University and a visiting student at the graduate program of the History of Art department at the University of Berkeley, California. Between 2017 and 2019, I was the first program coordinator of the Amsterdam Research Institute of the Arts and Sciences (ARIAS), a platform that fosters collaborative research by artists and academic researchers. I have worked as a curator, researcher, teacher and organizer for several cultural institutions, including the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague), BAK, Basis voor Actuele Kunst (Utrecht), and If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution (Amsterdam).

Bio Dr. Flora Lysen, August 2020

photo: Alena Schmick